Novak Djokovic put in another strong performance Wednesday afternoon at Wimbledon. The defending champion beat Florian Mayer 64, 61, 64 to advance to his 9th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.
The Serb now meets rival Roger Federer who he has defeated in six of their last seven meetings. And afterward the talk was all about playing the Swiss on the only surface on which they have yet to meet.
“He has a variety, great variety, in his game, I guess,” Djokovic said of Federer’s grass game. “He uses his serve very well. He opens up the court. He uses that slice really well to get the balls to bounce low. You know, he’s very aggressive at times. He can defend well. I mean, I guess he’s going to say better, but I think that grass courts are suiting his style of game the most, so it’s going to be an interesting match.
“Very few points decide the winner. I won two years in a row against him with match points down, so I can’t really say I’ve been winning comfortably those matches.”
Djokovic said that having won Wimbledon once before gives him an extra edge and added confidence.
“This year, knowing that I won the title last year, in the back of my mind obviously gives me a lot of self‑belief on the court,” he remarked. “I do try to be more aggressive a little bit, in the important moments go for my serves and shots. This is something that is really important for this surface.”
Djokovic has only lost one set in the tournament to Radek Stepanek, and he’s only lost one Grand Slam match in the last 12 months, that to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.
If Djokovic beats the Swiss he’ll remain No. 1
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